Meet the team2018-12-05T09:16:56+00:00

Our Valuable Team Members

Sarah K – Nursery Proprietor and Manager

Sarah spent 8 years working as a primary school teacher. As an experienced teacher and mother to her own two boys, Sarah has strong values and practices around quality childcare and development. Her desire to realise these strong values and practices in her own setting led to her opening Puddleducks in June 2012. Sarah sets the standards in the nursery with her own children in mind, asking herself at every turn ‘would this be good enough for my children?’ In turn she sets high standards and expectations throughout the nursery.Sarah owns and manages Puddleducks, but mostly enjoys the time she frequently spends working with the children.

  • BA Hons Primary Education with qualified teacher status (QTS)
  • 8 years teaching experience across the primary age range
  • Paediatric first aid trained
  • Safeguarding trained level 2
  • CRB checked and cleared
  • Food hygiene certificate

Lucy B – Nursery Manager

Lucy is an experienced early year’s practitioner who has worked at another local nursery for several years. She has joined our babyroom team and is adored by our babies, giving endless cuddles and supporting each one in their development. Lucy can often be heard singing or using the instruments with the children as she is very musical. Lucy plans some wonderful sentry, messy activities for the babies.

  • BA (hons) Degree in Educational Leadership, Children’s Workforce
  • DBS Checked and cleared
  • Safeguarding children
    Joined Puddleducks : March 2016

Rose R – Deputy Manager & Toddler Room Leader

Rose works with our babies and with a baby girl of her own, is experienced in providing excellent care routines and nurturing for our babies. Rose has an exceptionally calm, serene nature, which has our babies always looking to her for cuddles! Usually found snuggled up with a group of babies in our sensory exploration area, Rose loves the nurturing aspect of her job, recognising that cuddles and comfort are key to babies development. With previous nursery supervisory experience, Rose is an experienced practitioner with a wealth of knowledge and understanding around babies developmental and welfare needs.

  • CACHE Level 3 in childcare and education
  • Safeguarding trained
  • Food hygiene certificate
  • DBS checked and cleared
    Joined Puddleducks: September 2013

Cheryl A – Nursery Practitioner (Baby Room Leader)

Cheryl is a full-time member of the baby room team. Cheryl has a wealth of experience and was a child minder in her previous setting for 12 years.  She has a very calming influence on our babies and they all adore her; she has an excellent bond with her key babies.

  • Level 3 in Children’s Learning and Development
  • DBS checked
  • Safeguarding children
    Joined Puddleducks: March 2017

Ashleigh G – Deputy Manager & Preschool Leader

Ashleigh is a very experienced early years practitioner. She has worked in early years classrooms attached to schools; most recently her role was nursery teacher in a local private school. She brings a wealth of knowledge of how to prepare children for their transition to primary school, in particular she ensures all children have a solid foundation of literacy and numeracy skills. Ashleigh runs our preschool, ensuring each day is rich with play based learning opportunities.

  • Level 3 children’s learning and development
  • Paediatric first aid trained
  • DBS checked and cleared
  • Level 2 Safeguarding trained
    Joined Puddleducks : September 2016

Laura E – Office Manager

Laura is employed as our Office Manager.  She provides invaluable support to the management team in the many administrative tasks undertaken. Laura ensures new families receive a comprehensive welcome pack when they join us, and ensures effective communication with our families. Laura’s own little boy attends nursery with her.

  • DBS checked
  • Paediatric first aid trained
    Joined Puddleducks: April 2017

Puddleducks prioritises the continuous professional development of staff to ensure the team shares a wealth of experience and varied expertise. To this end, all staff are in attendance at regular training courses. We couldn’t possibly list them all, but an exhaustive list is available at the nursery for each member of the team, should you wish to see all of the training undergone.